Stenosis means the abnormal narrowing of a body channel. When combined with the word spinal, it defines a narrowing of the bone channel occupied by the spinal nerves or the spinal cord.
Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis
Numbness & tingling of your extremities (arms, hands, legs, feet)
Arm and/or leg pain
Weakness in extremities (arms, legs)
*rare symptom of spinal stenosis
Symptoms may develop slow over time
Symptoms may come and go based on activity and body position
Diagnostic Imaging for Spinal Stenosis
These pictures will give us an idea of your spinal stability, and demonstrate disc height. In instances of degenerative disc disease, we may be able to infer that stenosis is present.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound
These imaging studies create better pictures of soft tissues. It may help your doctor identify injuries to your discs, and the potential contribution of stenosis.
Computed tomography (CT) scan
This tool combines x-rays with computer technology to produce a very detailed view of the vertebral bodies of the spine.
Treatments for Spinal Stenosis
The symptoms that are a result of spinal stenosis might be minor and easily ignored, or it can be excruciating to the point where it interferes with important daily activities, such as sleep. The pain might be short-lived, come and go, or become constant.
The key is to seek treatment from a specialist and obtain a primary diagnosis. Conservative treatments may include simple rest and activity modification. Pain management through medication may help as well. Physical therapy and surgery maybe also be considered.